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Posted Sat 09 Aug 14 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: Lincoln City 0 Harriers 0

Harriers were made to settle for a point on the opening day of the season and a 0-0 draw at Lincoln City on Saturday after an encounter that saw the home goalkeeper named Man of the Match. 

A fast start was always likely given we were dealing with the first few minutes of a new season and that's what we got, the hosts getting the first chance of the day on just three minutes as Danny Lewis was forced to hold Hamza Bencherif's downward header from Jon Nolan's cross.

A similar header was crashed over the bar by the same Imps man around the quarter-hour mark and the hat-trick of near misses was completed as we edged past the half-way point of the half; Marcus Marshall tricking his way past two players before supplying his team-mate with the cross that was met with a header, Josh Gowling needed on the line to make the clearance for Harriers.

Certainly the visitors were much slower to start in this one but with around ten minutes left of the first half they registered their first opening of the day and it was a good one, striker Craig Reid turning in an instant and firing an effort at Nick Townsend that needed a strong palm to turn it around the post.

Moments after the re-start Nathan Blissett's strong control presented strike partner Reid with an ideal scoring chance but the hit-man's effort was off target, Harriers looking to make an early impression after the interval as Gary Whild also made a quick change, replacing Ahmed Obeng with Marvin Johnson.

Seconds later Blissett and Reid combined again and the latter kept Townsend busy once again as he unleashed a drive from fully 35 yards that the custodian needed to palm over the bar and away for a corner.

On the hour, a neat free-kick routine almost offered Harriers a breakthrough as Kyle Storer and Johnson combined to play in Chey Dunkley who almost swept in a finish but Townsend's reactions were strong and he was able to gather - the same being said for Danny Lewis up at the other end minutes later as Harriers thwarted Ben Tomlinson.

Tomlinson's tame low shot was comfortable enough for Lewis half-way through the second half, Townsend up at the other end grateful for a deflection that took Johnson's curled effort past him and away from the target.

Blissett then nodded one over the bar himself soon after before being replaced by Reece Styche, the former Forest Green man driving one over the bar from distance as his team looked for a late way through.

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